Review : iKlip for iPad

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 Ive had the pleasure of reviewing many iPad and iPhone accessories that fit in the field of music. From the iRig, to the Guitar Sidekick, and now the iKlip. Each serves a tremendous purpose in providing ways to utilize the ever expanding number of apps for guitar players and musicians.

The iKlip by IK Multimedia ($39.99) is an iPad accessory that is for any musician who has an iPad. It can be used for singers reading lyrics, traditional music reading in an orchestra, guitar tab reading, and more.  The possibilities are endless for what musicians might use it for.

What is it?  Its a simple clip that attaches to a mic stand and holds the iPad. Simple as that.

Its made of plastic, but is sturdy and allows access to all your iPad buttons. As anyone who has used any type of microphone with a decent weight to it, heavier items tend to make a stand fall over or easily tip. I didnt run into that problem with the iKlip and iPad and have fallen in love with it. How I managed to use my setup before is beyond me!

It can be used in either vertical or horizontal positions, and can be attached extremely fast. My only gripe is that changing from one orientation to another is a bit of a process (ok, one screw), but I can live with that.

With the iKlip, I put the iPad up on my mic stand, turn on the newly updated Amplitube 2, and away I go. I can switch effects with ease, all at the perfect height for standing and jamming.  I can manage my recordings via the updated built-in 8-track recording feature with Amplitube 2, and I finally enjoy using my iPad, iRig, Amplitube combination at a comfortable playing level, all thanks to iKlip.One thing that I knew Id want to use it for was in conjunction with Amplitube and iRig. The combination of those two items makes it possible to use the iPad as my guitar effects board, and I no longer have to have a cart with pedals and cords running everywhere.  Nor do I have to then take time to set it up to play. However, I needed a way to nicely keep my iPad in view while playing, allowing me to switch between guitar effects.  I wasnt about to try and use my toes while letting the iPad sit on the ground, so until now it was difficult to really enjoy using the amazing Amplitube app, as I was sitting on the floor.

There isnt much more one can say about this simple, yet much needed and amazingly great iPad accessory. It does exactly what it says it does, its easy to use and setup, and musicians who take the leap will benefit greatly from having in their arsenal. If you havent guessed yet, I highly recommend this accessory, and am grateful for the opportunity to review such a quality product!

Check out the video below for more information on Amplitube and iRig.

The author of this post is Jonathan Norman

“Jonathan” aka “ReDMoSqUi” aka “Jon” aka “Jack” aka “Red” holds a degree in Business Education and is a Computer Technology teacher in North Carolina. Jon has worked on various websites since becoming interested in webdesign in the mid 90’s, including sites for bands such as Incubus and Dredg. “Red” is married with two children and has a weird obsession with technology, music, and Pittsburgh Penguins hockey! Contact me via email: jon(AT)theipadfan.com

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  • Wes

    This would be way cool to have!!!!!!

  • Jtsuth

    I cant imagine this would be too practical for live application though, would it? I can see using this with iRig and Amplitude in the studio or when practicing maybe but if you have to switch quickly from one channel to another, you cant necessarily take your hands off your guitar to do that so at that point an actual pedal you can step on is essential, correct?

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  • Theater_ghost

    How does the iRig snap onto the iKlip?

  • http://www.tomsforeign.com Daniel Tole

    this would be really cool in the studio messing around. I could see it really working well for a singer though. Nice and bright on stage to.